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Front-End Developer for a Better WWW.

A little about yours truly

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My name is John Ludena and I’ve been building websites and web applications professionally for over 6 years – the last 3 working as an independent freelance contractor.

In that time, I’ve built countless web properties for companies ranging from brand-new startups – all the way to large corporations. I’ve not only got the chance to work with some extremely talented teams, but also learn from some incredibly smart and tech savvy business owners.

It’s been an incredible journey so far.

Are YOU looking for a talented front-end developer who also happens to have an eye for great visual design? I might just be the right person to join your team. Shoot me a message and let's start a conversation today.

My bread and butter skills

(You can also download my full PDF resume here)

Front-end Development

This is where I get to transform image mockups into beautiful & fluid web interfaces with the power of HTML, CSS & Javascript.

Responsive Design

I'm a veteran of responsive design and making the best possible mobile experiences for all users, based on the device they may be using.

Ecommerce &
Online Payments

I have built a fascination with how transactions are made online in recent years. This has turned into mastering a multitude of shopping cart platforms, payment APIs, and having a thorough understanding of the entire ecommerce ecosystem.

Wordpress Development

Tinkering with Wordpress is how I first got my start in the world of functional programming and I still use Wordpress today for certain projects where people need a popular and extensible platform to start a new business.

My latest projects

  • Storegafi

    A store-building platform for Instagram creators.

    Project Highlights:

    • React.js with Flux Architecture
    • Use of Instagram API to connect to users account and download Instagram photos
    • Use of Stripe Connect to build a payments platform where each store owner could manage customer payments, refunds, etc.
    • Emphasis on the best possible mobile-checkout experience through Stripe Checkout
    • A seamless user experience between Instagram and a user's online store

    Technology used: MongoDB, Express, React.js, Node.js, Backbone.js, Instagram API, Stripe API, Foundation 6, HTML5, SASS

    View live demo View source code
  • PreCash

    Custom wordpress theme with third party app integrations.

    Project Highlights:

    • A fully custom Wordpress theme built from PSD mockups
    • Integration with Taleo, a third party HR recruiting software Integration with Formstack, a powerful hosted contact form service
    • Connecting to a third party SQL database for displaying PreCash store locations based on user's ZIP code
    • Mobile-responsiveness for optimal user experience

    Technology used: HTML5, CSS3, Foundation 6, Wordpress, Taleo, Third-party SQL database integration.

    View live demo
  • Drumpfsy

    An Trump-themed Etsy shop.

    Project Highlights:

    • Backbone.js for a MVC architecture
    • React.js for all application views
    • Fetching Etsy data via their API
    • Responsive and mobile-friendly web app

    Technology used: HTML5, SASS, React.js, Backbone.js, Etsy API

    View live demo View source code
  • Blue Leaf

    Ecommerce website with gift registry software integration.

    Project Highlights:

    • UPS & USPS shipping carrier integration for live-pricing quotes
    • Integration with Registry Valet, a third party registry software
    • Use of the Wordpress CMS for easy product catalog maintenance, page updates, and customer order management
    • Training different members of the Blue Leaf sales team to use the new website and manage & ship customer orders
    • Mobile-responsiveness for optimal user experience

    Technology used: HTML5, CSS3, Wordpress, WooCommerce, Registry Valet integration with custom PHP.

    View live demo
  • Todo App

    A simple and minimalistic to-do app.

    Project Highlights:

    • Backbone.js for a MVC architecture
    • React.js for tracking state of completed to-dos
    • Minimalistic design
    • Fully responsive

    Technology used: HTML5, SASS, React.js, Backbone.js

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    Ecommerce blog and YouTube channel for ecommerce students.

    Project Highlights:

    • 1,700+ YouTube subscribers
    • 100,000+ video views
    • Engaging screencast tutorials for ecommerce beginners

    Technology used: HTML5, CSS3, Wordpress, cPanel Administration, Mailchimp, Camtasia (for recording screencasts)

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Some kind words from some amazing people...

  • "John produces great results no matter how big the project or how tight the schedule. He stays up-to-date with the latest developments in technology and makes excellent suggestions to improve the performance and functionality of websites. I highly recommend him for your next project.”.Rick Naylor, Marketing Director at PreCash
  • "Working with John is not only very easy and effective, but also a pleasure! He is very skilled and keeps educating himself to learn new things he later applies to your projects. He is reliable, hard working, very fairly priced, and someone you can completely trust – especially when dealing with delicate information.”.Renzo Bolivar, Account Manager at Lopez Negrete Communications
  • "John not only has excellent design skills but is extremely knowledgeable at digital production and solving web issues. John adds talent and value to any project.”Wes Weaver, Owner of W-Squared Marketing
  • "John is flexible and easy to work with. He listens and then focuses on solving your website challenge with a solution that works and is aesthetically pleasing. He is a great member of the team.”Nick Pantazis, President of WilsherCo, Inc.

Featured Medium Ramblings

Why Attending a Coding Bootcamp Was One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

Published on September 13th, 2016

I have a confession to make: I’m not really a “developer.” I’m really a fraud.

Or at least felt like one until recently.

I’m actually just a graphic designer who learned a bit of HTML, CSS, and some Wordpress. And then started calling himself a “web developer.”

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